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Defending champion Robin Hull out of Coral Shoot Out

Defending champion Robin Hull crashed out of the Coral Shoot Out with a second-round defeat to Fergal O'Brien as the competition became a ranking event for the first time at Watford Colosseum.

Hull moved past China's Mei Xi Wen on Thursday to set up a showdown against Ireland's O'Brien - who saw off Ryan Day in round one - but the Finn suffered a 25-18 loss in the final match of the day.

Earlier on Friday, world number two and 2014 runner-up Stuart Bingham suffered a first-round defeat at the hands of Pakistan's Hamza Akbar, while Matthew Stevens also failed to reach round two as he was beaten by Liang Wenbo of China.

Jimmy White came up against tough opposition before claiming a hard-fought second-round win by just one point to seal a 45-44 victory over China's Chen Zhe.

Also through to the third round on Friday was world number five Shaun Murphy, Ken Doherty, Anthony McGill, while the second round concludes on Saturday night.

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